Premier John Horgan to visit Kamloops, Kelowna, and other areas hit by B.C. wildfires

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      B.C. premier John Horgan is scheduled to visit Kamloops, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, and Kelowna today (August 28) as part of a tour of areas affected by wildfires.

      "This summer's unprecedented wildfire season has hurt communities and forced people from their homes," Horgan said quoted in a media release. "British Columbians are working together to recover and rebuild. Your government is here to help."

      What’s happened across the province this summer is described there as the "worst wildfire in British Columbia's history”.

      Horgan will be accompanied by Doug Donaldson, B.C.’s minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations, and rural development, who is the NDP MLA for Stikine (northwestern B.C.).

      The two will meet with people affected by the fires as well as emergency responders, local politicians, and First Nations leaders.

      "People have been working around the clock to help those whose livelihoods and homes have been impacted by the fires," Horgan said. "It's important for us to hear first-hand about the devastation and the work being done to get people back on their feet."

      B.C. has recorded 1,123 wildfires since April 1, according to the release. Those fires have burned an estimated 1.1 million hectares of forest.

      A state of emergency was declared on July 8 and remains in effect.

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